St Philip The Apostle Catholic School

Choosing A High School


Choosing a Catholic high school is one of the most important decisions in a young person’s life. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 20 academically rigorous Catholic high schools that emphasize strong academics, faith, values, and service while enriching students through athletics, art, music, and cultural activities.


Whether in the heart of DC, or suburban Maryland, each of the Catholic high schools offers:


  • Direct connection to our Catholic identity
  • An academically excellent education
  • A track record of sending graduates on to successful higher education experiences with millions of dollars of scholarship awards
  • High graduation rates
  • Highly respected and varied extracurricular and sports programs


We hope you and your child enjoy the experience.

High School Placement Test 2016
The High School Placement Test registration opens today. All students who wish to take the 2016 HSPT in school on November 30 must complete the online registration and payment by October 28.
Please read the attachments about the test. In addition, this link will take you directly to the HSPT registration:
​You also may access the HSPT registration site by visiting - click High Schools then near the bottom of the page click Applying to Catholic High Schools.
High School Visits Fall 2016


Bishop McNamara High School

Sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross


Be a "Mustang for a Day" and schedule your shadow visit with Bishop McNamara High School. Use the links for more details.


Mustang For A Day Information


Shadow Visit Sign Up


If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Director of Admissions, Abigail Greer at (301) 735-8401 or




The Academy of the Holy Cross

Sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross


Be a “Tartan for a Day”. Schedule your daughters visit to Holy Cross. Use the link for more details. Students may sign up online here.


When your previous students leave Holy Cross, they attend very prestigious colleges and universities. Please view the matriculation for our Classes 2014-2016 here.


If you have any questions or for further information, contact the Director of Admissions, Louise Hendon at (301) 929-6442 or



DeMatha Catholic High School

Sponsored by the Order of the Most Holy Trinity


Schedule your son’s visit to DeMatha by calling (240) 764-2109. Visits begin at 7:45am and end at 2:00pm.


On-Campus Admissions Information Sessions will be held on September 28 and October 25.


Open House is on November 6 from 10:45am to 2:00pm. Doors open at 10:30am.


Visit the website for important deadlines.



Loyola Blakefield

Jesuit Education Since 1852


Prospective families may visit campus during the Open House on October 16 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.


For additional information, contact the Admissions Director, John Feeley, at (443) 841-3684 or


Visit the website for important deadlines.



Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

Sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers


Be a “Falcon for a Day”. Schedule your visit to Good Counsel. Use the link for more details.


Parent Information Night will be held in the Good Counsel Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:00pm. Pre-registration is not required. Parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend and receive information regarding: the Admissions Process; Good Counsel’s Academic Programs; Co-Curricular and Athletic Programs; Ryken Program Presentation; and a Question and Answer Session.


If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Admissions Office at (240) 283-3235 or



St. Mary’s Ryken

A College Preparatory Catholic High School

Sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers


Be a “Knight for a Day”. Schedule your visit to St. Mary’s Ryken. Use the link for more details.


Open Houses will take place in Romuald Hall. The dates are October 10 at 8:30am and November 20 at 12pm. Visit for more information.


If you have questions or need additional information, contact the Admissions Office at (301) 373-4183, (301) 373 4184, or

PG County Specialty Programs 2016

Prince George’s County Public Schools will utilize a new entrance exam for Specialty Programs (Science and Technology, Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC, Aerospace and Engineering Program at DuVal HS). Beginning Fall 2016,  they will use the PSAT 8/9 as a part of the entrance criteria.  


As in previous years, they will continue to factor in the student’s GPA with their total scores to determine program eligibility. The high score will continue to be 400 points. Quarter or trimester grades will be obtained from the students’ prior school year, as well as the first quarter or trimester of the current school year in the areas of English, mathematics, social studies, and science.


Applications may be completed by visiting the Department of Testing, Research, and Evaluation website,  From there, select the link “Specialty Programs Testing” under the “Test Administration link”.  Students will be able to apply, as well as pay for the assessment via this page.  Testing is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2016.  Admissions passes will be mailed after all required documents have been provided and within two weeks of the test date.


Preparation for the assessment may be accessed with free registration and materials from the College Board partnership with KHAN Academy at the following link: ( 


Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact LeKeisha Render at or Troy Brockett at or call our office at 301-702-3860.